The following information is in reference to Epilogue, page 258 of The Power Of Sound.
Sarah “Saruah” Benson (1935 – 2008) was a musician, composer, author, teacher and initiator into the mysteries of sacred sound. One of the original pioneering teachers in the arena of sound healing, her focus was on toning—the use of the voice for balance and healing. Born in Minnesota, Sarah spent the better part of her life in Massachusetts, where she founded the Earth Sound Light Center and was instrumental in the creation of the Sound Healers Association. Saruah held a Master’s Degree in Music. She was an accomplished flutist, pianist and vocalist, whose recordings include Flutes of Interior Time, Sound of Light, Beloved and numerous other sonic manifestations of her loving energy. She taught throughout the world.
Barry Bernstein (1954–2009). Music therapist Barry Bernstein (known as Bongo Barry) developed programs and activities using drumming while working at Colmery O’Neil Veterans Affairs Medial Center in Topeka, Kansas. During that time, Bernstein published ground-breaking research studies on drumming with Dementia patients. In 1991 he co-founded Rhythm For Life with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and served as its Program Director for five years. He eventually founded his company Healthy Sounds, offering Unity with a Beat – drumming for wellness programs, Jiggle Jam, and Doin’ the Dewey Decimal Stomp programs for schools. He believed in Unity through drumming, singing, and dancing.
Kay Gardner (1941-2002) was a musician, composer, educator, author, and musical producer. She was at the forefront of composers creating music for healing and meditation. Her compositions include works for chamber and symphony orchestra, choir, flute, voice and piano. She was an active promoter of contemporary female musicians and founded her own independent record label, Ladyslipper Records. Born in Freeport, New York, Gardner wrote and performed her first piano composition at the age of four. Kay authored the book, Sounding the Inner Landscape: Music as Medicine (1997. Element Books, Ltd) and produced 17 albums, both of her own music and of others.2
Sir Dr. Peter Guy Manners D.O., Ph.D., L.B.C.P., D.D., (1935–2009) was the inventor of the Cymatic Instrument, which uses the direct application of sound frequencies on the body for healing. Dr. Manners lived in England, where since 1961, he was engaged in research into the use and effects of sound for healing at the Bretforten Hall Clinic in Worcestershire. His many honors and awards included: The Dag Hammarskjold Merit of Excellence for benefits to humanity, Knighthood from the Knights of Malta, Academie Diplomatique (De La Paix), and the Diploma of Honour in Bio-energetic Medicine (Moscow) for his contribution to research and development of vibrational medicine.
Robert Monroe (1915-1995). After a childhood spent in Kentucky and Indiana, Robert Monroe graduated in 1937 with a BA in Engineering from Ohio State University. He worked as a writer and director at two Ohio radio stations. Two years later he moved to New York, forming his own radio production company. During the 1950s his company produced 28 radio shows per month and eventually acquired radio stations in North Carolina and Virginia.
In 1956 Monroe set up a research and development division to study the effects of various sound patterns on human consciousness, including the feasibility of learning during sleep. Monroe often used himself as a test subject for this research. In 1958, a significant result emerged—Monroe began experiencing a state of consciousness separate and apart from the physical body. He described the state as an “out of body experience,” which became a generic term in consciousness literature. These spontaneous experiences altered the course of Monroe’s life and the direction of his professional efforts.
With a growing group of fellow researchers, Monroe began to work on methods of inducing and controlling forms of consciousness in a laboratory setting. This research led to the development of a noninvasive audio-guidance technology known as hemispheric synchronization or Hemi-Sync®. In 1975, Monroe was issued the first of three patents for the Hemi-Sync® method of altering brain states through sound. Throughout the next twenty years Monroe developed a series of multi-day workshops that enable participants to personally experience realms beyond physical time-space reality, built a campus for teaching and research (The Monroe Institute in Faber, VA), and created a portfolio of Hemi-Sync® audio exercises designed to focus attention, reduce stress, improve meditation, enhance sleep, and manage pain among other applications. His books include Journeys Out of the Body (1971), Far Journeys (1985), and Ultimate Journey (1994).3
Dr. Alfred Tomatis (1920-2001)
“This mission needs to be continued, since our society lacks the necessary tools to progress in various fields. The techniques that we developed could be effective in fields such as medicine, education, psychology, art or music. The work that my husband started needs to be continued in a multi-disciplinary way so that it can be recognized by the institutions that could most benefit from his research.”
-Léna Tomatis (wife of Alfred Tomatis)
Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis was born on January 1, 1920 in Nice (France), and passed away on Christmas Day 2001. When he was eleven, he moved to Paris. He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the Paris School of Medicine and became an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. After the second world war he started studying the impact of occupational noise. What he found was outright revolutionary. In recognition of his discoveries, he was named Knight of Public Health of France in 1951. Later on, he was also awarded the gold medal for Scientific Research (Brussels, 1958). In honor of his work, he was honored by The French Academy of Science and Medicine with The Tomatis Effect: The voice can only reproduce the sounds the ear can hear. Tomatis authored 14 books and numerous articles. His books in English include The Conscious Ear, Education and Dyslexia, The Ear and Language, and The Ear and the Voice.
Dr. Tomatis laid the groundwork for a new multi-disciplinary science called Audio-Psycho-Phonology (APP). It explains “why the way we listen” has a profound impact on almost all aspects of our being. In the early ’50s, Dr. Tomatis also discovered that listening problems are the root cause of many learning problems.
To tht end, Tomatis developed a highly effective technique to remedy them, known as The Tomatis Method, practiced in Tomatis Centers in many countries around the world. Thanks to his revolutionary discoveries, he enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and adults. The research and philosophies of Tomatis inextricably contribute to the foundation upon which modern sound work builds.
Grateful thanks for descriptions…
Jonathan Goldman: Sarah Benson and Peter Guy Manners
Christine Stevens: Barry Bernstein